Bakersfield College’s football team hasn’t played since its Nov. 18 Patriotic Bowl loss to Long Beach City College to end the season. But the CCCAA’s final coaches poll of the year was sent out Monday and the Renegades (7-4) finished ranked 16th in the state.
The California junior college football season officially wrapped up with Fullerton topping San Mateo, 16-12, on Dec. 9 for the state championship.
The Renegades ranked as high as No. 5 on Oct. 23 with a 6-1 record and only a close loss to then-No. 2 Riverside to its name. It blew out Santa Monica, 48-0, the following week and was in prime position for a conference championship and state playoff berth.
But BC lost its final three games of the season by 10, 16 and 27 points, respectively, in increasingly worse fashion.
“It’s been a good year,” head coach Jeff Chudy said after the final game of the year. “Not the way we wanted to finish. We got a lot of stuff to work on.”
The Renegades had eight players honored as first team All-Conference players and seven recognized on the second team.
Wide receiver Jakell Tomlin was the only BC player named a state All-American. He was a first team punt returner after taking two back for touchdowns and averaging 20.7 yards per return during the season.
Baseball, softball release 2018 schedules
The Renegades baseball and softball schedules for the upcoming season are both out.
The baseball team, led by head coach Tim Painton, will open up the year at home against Moorpark at 5 p.m. on Jan. 26.
BC’s baseball team went 16-24 last season and 11-9 in conference play. The Renegades finished third in the conference out of five teams.
The team had two players sign to Division I schools during the early signing period in November.
The softball team starts its season with the two-day Glendale Softball Tournament at the Glendale Sports Complex. Santiago Canyon will be BC’s first opponent at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26.
North High graduate Casey Goodman will be in her first season as BC’s head coach. She has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience outside of California, including most recently as the associate head coach at Lamar State College-Port Arthur in Texas. Goodman is the program’s fifth head coach.
Last season, BC finished 17-23 overall and ended up sixth out of nine teams in the conference with a 13-11 league record.
Men’s basketball falls in first game in more than 3 weeks
In its first game since Dec. 2, BC opened the Allan Hancock College Holiday Classic with a loss to Cuesta College on Thursday. The Renegades led by as much as six in the second half, but lost, 76-68.
"We did not get enough defensive stops in the second half," head coach Rich Hughes said.
Cuesta used a 12-5 run stretching almost five minutes near the end of the second half to secure the win. After a 3-pointer by BC’s Shahadah Camp with about three minutes to go in the game, no one made another field goal.
The shot cut the deficit to 75-68. A Cuesta free throw with 44 seconds left accounted for the only point in the final 2:50.
Tucker Eenigenburg and Camp combined for 51 points but the seven other Renegades combined for 17. BC’s leading scorer, Jamar Hammonds, did not play in the game due to a personal matter, Hughes said.
The Renegades are back in action against San Jose City on Friday at 1 p.m.